Thanks so much to everyone who gave so generously at the Run Geordie Run Ball. The night raised a fantastic £10,000. The staff at The Children's Foundation and St Benedict's Hospice were staggered when I told them yesterday. It's a fantastic sum of money and puts the current total at an incredible £98,417.56.
Still to come this year are numerous speaking engagements where I will be donating my fee and any expenses received to the charities.
There has also been a lot of enquiries and feedback from the ball about the possibility of putting a second less formal night on. I am currently looking into holding a talk in and Q&A to be held on October 28th. Venue to be decided. Tickets will be dirt cheap and we will be looking for a city centre venue. Watch this space!
Thanks to the unprecedented generosity of so many businesses, there are auction prizes still to be won (See the blog post below). We just ran out of time on the night of the ball to get everything in. There will also be another raffle due to the sheer volume of prizes we still have.
Thanks to Peter McCowie of McCowie and Co, Accountants and Statutory Auditors there will be a brand new Run Geordie Run t-shirt for purchase. The full amount paid for each t-shirt will go to the 2 charities.
Fundraising for this campaign will be brought to a close during the weekend before Christmas with a fancy dress run from The Children's Foundation in Newcastle to Otterburn. Look out on the A696 for Santa, fairies, elves and a few more surprises that weekend.
So, I'd like to think that the £100,000 mark will be broken for this campaign. Thanks again to everyone who has made a donation to St Benedict's Hospice and The Children's Foundation. Your support is absolutely amazing.